How to build an outside barbeque grill

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How to build an outside barbeque grill
An outdoor grill provides a permanent grilling space. (Greek grill image by Eric E from

Nothing generates images of a warm summer day better than the smell of beef cooking on a grill. The summer barbecue is a tradition and if you are serious about your grilling you may want to consider building a permanent outdoor grilling spot. A stone or brick grill uses a drop-in grill unit surrounded by stone to make a dedicated grilling spot that will last several years in harsh weather with little to no maintenance.

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Things you need

  • Shovel
  • Concrete
  • Rebar
  • Bull float
  • Grout
  • Wire mesh
  • Grout

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  1. 1

    Check the local regulations for your concrete slab. A concrete footing is necessary to keep the grill from sinking or cracking.

  2. 2

    Measure the area for the size of your grill and dig up all of the sod to leave exposed soil. Dig down to the depth required by your local regulations. Pound 1/2 inch rebar every six to nine inches into the soil to reinforce the concrete.

  3. 3

    Have a professional run your gas or electric lines to the concrete slab area to prevent costly mistakes.

  4. 4

    Mix your concrete according to the packaging instructions. Pour your concrete into the dug out pit. Smooth the surface using a bull float, running the bull float along the length of the slab area, lifting at the end to prevent making marks in the slab. Allow the slab to cure for several days.

  5. 5

    Wet the top layer of the concrete slab after 48 hours and put down a thin layer of mortar in the shape of the brick walls for the grill. Use a trowel to spread the mortar.

  6. 6

    Wet the bottoms of the bricks in a tray of water and place them onto the thin layer of mortar. Level the bricks and spray the tops of them with water. Add a layer of wire mesh to the top of the brick and another layer of mortar. Repeat until the third layer, when you will leave out the wire mesh.

  7. 7

    Continue building the walls of the fireplace according to the shape you have planned. Keep the grout layers thin. Build up the walls that will hold your grill unit.

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